• Niseko in Japan

Niseko

The best powder snow in the world

Niseko is a small town in the sub-prefecture of Shiribeshi on the island of Hokkaido and in the heart of the Shikotsu-Toya Natural Park. It is mainly known for its winter sports and the quality of its snow, renowned for having the best powder snow in the world.

Niseko is easily accessible from Tokyo by plane, taking a direct flight to Sapporo (1h30), about 100 km from Niseko, then a train to Niseko (about 3h). It can also be reached by train from Tokyo but the journey is long: it will take 7 to 8 hours from Shinkansen and express train with a change to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, to reach the nearest station to Niseko, Kutchan Station.

Niseko is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, its location with Mount Yotei as a spectacular backdrop makes it a favourite destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. The Niseko tourist complex includes 5 ski resorts (the best known of which are Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri), and more than 48 km of slopes. With snow cover of 15 to 16 metres per season, Niseko is best known for the quality of its snow, which is light and not very humid (less than 8% humidity).

In summer too, Niseko is a very pleasant region. With a less humid climate than the rest of Japan and temperatures below 25°C, its environment is ideal for trying all kinds of nature activities such as hiking or canoeing.  The ascent of Mount Yotei (1898 m) is one of the most famous hikes in Niseko, with 4 to 6 hours of walking through unspoilt nature. In this region, the fauna and flora are very rich: one can meet for example the endemic flying squirrel of the island of Hokkaide, the Ezo-Momanga.

In terms of gastronomy, Niseko is renowned for the quality of its agricultural products, particularly potatoes (Kutchan potatoes), but also asparagus and beans. One of the typical dishes of the region is Gosetsu udon, a potato-based noodle dish.

Niseko in Japan map

General informations

Niseko in japanese : ニセコ

Region : Hokkaido

Prefecture : Hokkaido

Population : 5,100 inhabitants

Density : 26 inhab/km²

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Where to sleep in Niseko

Zaborin

Located in Niseko, within 22 km of Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and 3.7 km of Hanazono Quad 1, Zaborin provides accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 5 km from Grand Hirafu King 4, 6 km from Hanazono Quad 3 and 7 km from Hanazono Quad 2. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and valet parking for guests.

Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho

Surrounded by lush nature, luxury Japanese-style hotel Niseko Kombu Onsen Tsuruga Mokunosho features a hot spring bath and rooms with mountain views and free Wi-Fi, some with a private open-air bath. It’s a 10-minute drive from Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort.

Skye Niseko

Set in Niseko, Skye Niseko features ski-to-door access. Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu is just a 2-minute walk away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. The property offers a free shuttle service into the village.

Niseko Northern Resort, An’nupuri

Ideally located at the foot of Annupuri Ski Resort, Niseko Northern Resort An’nupuri is sophisticated and modern accommodation boasting hot spring baths, a beauty massage spa and free Wi-Fi at the lobby. Ski equipment rentals can be arranged on site, and free ski storage is available.

Niseko Hot Spring Ikoino Yuyado Iroha

Ikoino Yuyado Iroha is just a 7-minute walk from Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort. Guests can soak in the hot spring baths or connect to the free WiFi. JR Niseko Train Station is located a 10-minute taxi ride away.

One Niseko Resort Towers

Offering 10-minute free shuttles to Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Annupuri International Ski Resort, One Niseko Resort Towers features spacious rooms with mountain views, a kitchenette and a balcony. It offers hot spring baths, skiing lessons and massages. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Hilton Niseko Village

Hilton Niseko Village is located at the south base of Niseko Annupuri Mountain, a 2-hour drive from Chitose Airport. The luxurious hotel features a fitness centre and 6 dining options. Internet access is offered at a charge in the guestrooms.

The Green Leaf, Niseko Village

Located in Niseko United Ski Area at the base of Mount Annupuri, The Green Leaf, Niseko Village offers ski-to-door access and natural hot-spring baths. The stylish rooms have nature views, free WiFi and a sofa.

Chalet Ivy

Centrally located in Hirafu’s Upper Village, boutique hotel Chalet Ivy offers natural hot spring baths and delicately prepared Japanese cuisine. Comfortable rooms come with mountain views and free Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle connects to ski resort Niseko Mountain Grand Hirafu a 2-minute drive away.

Nest At The Trees

Nest At The Trees is located an 8-minute drive from Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village Ski Resort. Hangetsukohan Natural Park and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area are within a 15-minute drive from the property. Free WiFi is provided in all areas. The private parking is available on site for free.

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Transportation

Access

Nearest Airport : 

  • Shin-Chitose Airport

Main station :

  • Niseko Station
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